What dads really want for Father’s Day.
Leading up to Mother’s Day, I must have read 100 blog posts titled “What do mothers really want for Mother’s day?” So, with Father’s Day on the horizon, I thought you would all like to hear what dads really want for Father’s day. Will the desires be similar? Will us moms be surprised or shocked at what they say?
I interviewed 4 dads with children ranging from Newborn to 9 years old. All hard working, new-age dads, who are active in their children’s lives. These dads, unlike many of the dads we grew up with, have gotten their hands dirty changing diapers and have experienced the sleepless nights of a newborn.
The responses I received were:
“I want to go out on a date with my wife, I want to be appreciated and pampered.”
“I want to go on a golf outing or have a day out on the lake with my family and friends.”
“I want to have breakfast with my family. Open up the handmade creative cards and trinkets the kids make me. Then I want to watch the final round of the U.S. Open. I remember doing that with my dad as a kid, even though it was torture for me as a child. Hopefully, my girls will do it with me some day.”
“As I work with sick patients, many of who may never return home, all I want for Father’s Day is time. I want to spend Father’s Day with my family.”
The truth is, dads like moms are busy and we give our kids so much of ourselves, that on Father’s Day, like Mother’s Day, all anyone wants is to feel appreciated and to have time to do things we don’t regularly get to do.
For those husbands that don’t get a lot of time alone with their wives, they would like a date night. The dads that have an opportunity to regularly have family time, they would like some alone time. Those that work long hours away from their families just desire a day surrounded by them.
What I learned from writing this blog is that mom’s and dad’s desires are not much different. We all love our families and want our one special day to enjoy something different from the routine and then back to business for the other 364 days.
If you are not sure what your spouse wants just ask. What will you be doing or giving the special dads in your life this Father’s Day?